As if the worldwide coronavirus problem isn’t difficult enough to contain, police brutality once again rears its ugly head. That ugly head belongs to former officer Derek Chauvin now charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. His accomplices, also sacked officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are currently under investigation.
The entire incident stems from the death of George Floyd, an African American who allegedly issued a counterfeit 20 dollar bill. The officers were alerted and arrested George Floyd who did not resist the arrest. For reasons known only to Chauvin, he felt the need to kneel on Floyd’s neck until the man could no longer breath, until he actually died.
What followed were a series of protests that have escalated since the incident from Monday evening, May 25, 2020. As of this writing, the protests have gone beyond the borders of the United States. All this unfolds while the world battles the covid 19 pandemic and everyone awaits the birth of a vaccine. Bravo ex officer Chauvin and company! You couldn’t have picked a better time to piss off the globe.
The fact that this issue escalated in the first place, the fact that it has found its way outside the borders of the country where it started has several implications.
It’s apparent that the protests are not merely about police brutality, but police brutality flavored with racial discrimination. Would Chauvin have been less brutal if he were arresting a white man? Again, only a question he can answer. To the rest of the world, all that is visible is a white officer imposing uncalled for restraint on a black man.
Another implication is that the perceived racial discrimination is a very serious issue that people are willing to abandon the significance of social distancing to battle a more or equally important virus – the archaic attitude of discrimination against people of color. It is now 2020, and it’s disappointing to learn that some people have not accepted that it takes all colors to paint the world.
Lastly, why should anyone else care what American police officers do to people within their territory? Some people may be of the opinion that the issue is being blown out of proportion. Sure…until one of the police officers in your country does the same thing to you or your family.
Bottomline? If the world allows police brutality to go unchecked, it may become a practice…it may spread, just like the coronavirus.